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Gardeners Arms, Higham, Rochester

2 Forge Lane, Higham, Rochester, Kent, ME3 7AS

The Gardeners Arms is a traditional village pub and restaurant with 2 letting bedrooms in the historic village of Higham, near Rochester in Kent.



Key features

  • Only pub in the village of Higham
  • In great order throughout
  • Village pub with restaurant dining area for 30 covers
  • Two double ensuite guest letting bedrooms
  • Refurbished tenants private accommodation
  • Great secluded outdoor patio area/garden
  • Customer car parking



The Gardeners Arms is a traditional village pub & restaurant with letting bedrooms in the charming village of Higham, near Rochester in Kent.

Just minutes from beautiful Knowle Country House, the Gardeners Arms sits in a prominent corner plot directly opposite the shops and local amenities in Higham. It is the only pub in the village, making it a both a focal point and popular drop in spot for the for the Higham locals.

The Gardeners Arms underwent a complete refurbishment scheme in 2017, to include the pub exterior, repositioning of the bar, restaurant and snug areas and the two letting bedrooms, so you will find this site in great order throughout.

The pub boasts a restaurant for approximately 28 covers, a snug with an additional 18 covers, plenty of relaxed drinking space in the bar and a small but well equipped trade kitchen. Upstairs there are two en-suite letting bedrooms with televisions and tea & coffee making facilities.

Outside you will find a great paved trade garden with a covered patio area and private customer car  parking.

With the local community at the heart of this business, the Gardeners Arms is perfectly equipped for purpose and has everything that you would expect from a  great village pub.

Available in early April 2020, Shepherd Neame is ideally looking for pub operators with basic food skills that will enjoy immersing themselves into a local community and running a village pub.

For more information or to arrange a formal viewing of the Gardeners Arms, please contact the Trade Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01795 542132.


Large open plan bar with relaxed drinking area, private restaurant area for approx. 28 covers, snug for 18 covers. Small well equipped trade kitchen and there is a large walk-in fridge in the cellar


Well kept trade patio garden to the rear of the property with a large covered seating area, BBQ area and seating with three tables. Private car parking is shared with the local library behind the pub


Two refurbished double en-suite letting bedrooms on the first floor with televisions and tea & coffee making facilities


1 double bedroom, lounge, kitchenette and bathroom

Capital Requirements

Estimated capital requirements

Trading deposit£5000
Contract deposit
refundable on day of charge
Repair scheme
+ monthly payments £50
Stock, glassware, cutlery, crockery, etc
Estimated subject to independent valuation by trade broker and stock taker
Working capital£2500
Training deposit
£750 refundable on completion of training
Total estimated ingoings£12500

Minimal capital considered

Minimum capital considered
Based on: Trading deposit + stock, glassware, cutlery,
crockery, etc, working capital + training deposits + misc
Please note: Where only minimal capital is available inventory will be rentalised.

Rent and charges


Year 1Year 2Year 3
Per anum£31200£31980£32812
Per week£600£615£631

Council tax

Band B

Non Domestic Business Rates




  • As at the time of publishing, the estimated rates payable, are based upon the assumption that the tenant occupies the maximum of one pub and therefore qualifies for small business rates relief
  • We have also applied the relevant multipliers and estimated transitional relief where applicable
  • Retail relief has been applied to all pubs with a rateable value of £51,000 or less. This entitles the occupier to a third reduction in rates payable after all other reliefs and will run for the 20/21 rating years. This is an assumption that should be confirmed with the local authority
  • The above calculations are estimations only and as rateable values are  subject to change, we would request that the prospective new  tenant checks the rates payable and any other relief with the local authorities prior to completing a financial plan

Trading information


Year ending 30 June

2016 2017 2018 2019
All beer and cider
155 90 113 124
257 169 231 327

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
4 3 14.5 3
Traditional Spirits
37 19 33 54
Ready to drink litres
2121 1504 2601 3422

Licence information

Hours authorised by the premises licence

Supply of alcohol, background music and provision of late night refreshment.

Sunday - Wednesday - 10:00 - 00:00
Thursday - Saturday - 10:00 - 01:00

Open to the public

Sunday - Wednesday - 10:00 - 00:30
Thursday - Saturday - 10:00 - 01:30

Live music

Monday - Sunday - 10:00 - 23:00

Agreement Overview

  • This pub is being offered on a traditional rolling tenancy agreement that is subject to a five year rent review
  • This agreement is covered by the ‘Landlord & Tenant Act’
  • This is a fully tied agreement across all beer,   cider, wine, PPS, spirits and minerals
  • Any deviation from the standard terms outlined above should be discussed at interview stage with your designated Business Development Manager
  • Please note that we require all licensees to pass the Pre-Entry Awareness Training Course (PEAT) a minimum of five days before you can attend a formal shortlist interview with us